In this issue: Travel Video Update, Free Student Perks, New Ideas, English Test Prep and more!

October Edition #236

Classes might be in full swing but that doesn’t mean the next few months won’t be fun! You still have a week to enter our Travel Video Contest for the chance to win $4,000, can check out our new and improved student dashboard, get all the details you need on taking an English proficiency test, and find the US college of your dreams! We hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter and find plenty of exciting ways to fill your time between studying!

The International Student Team

Travel Video Contest Update: One Week Left to Enter

Our Travel Video Contest closes for new entries on October 9th! You have one week left to create a video that tells us the following: If you are currently studying outside of your home country, your video must describe any trip you would like to take. If you are not currently studying outside of your home country, your entry must describe your proposed study abroad.

Winners of the contest will receive the following cash prizes:

  • 1st place: $4,000
  • 2nd place: $500
  • 3rd place: $250
  • Viewers’ Choice: $1,000

Read the rules, submit your video before the deadline, and keep your fingers crossed! We look forward to seeing your entries.

Get Access to Student Perks, Premium Content, and Other Student Resources!

Do you have a free account on If not, you should! All accounts now include access to your personalized dashboard complete with unique student perks and premium content, you can also see your recently contacted schools, top matched schools and scholarships. Signing up is free, only takes a minute and includes a lot of benefits!

Already have an account? Log in and start exploring your dashboard.

Ever Consider A Community College?

More and more students are choosing to study at community colleges rather than the traditional four year school. The reason? At a community college students have an easier transition into “college life.” Community colleges have smaller classes which often means more hands on teaching, plus- they offer the same quality education and classes as a four-year school but at a much lower price. Community colleges allow students to get their associates degree and transfer into a larger university for their bachelor’s degree, meaning students can experience two US schools! Learn more about community colleges and see if its a right choice for you.

Featured Schools

Rockland Community College: Rockland Community College is accepting applications for October enrollments. Their application process is simple to complete, especially for those who have already taken their English proficiency exam and have their GED or high school diploma. Learn more about Rockland Community College to see if it’s your next step towards a US degree. Read More >>

University of Dayton: Seeking a university that includes and welcomes all cultures? The University of Dayton is one of the oldests Catholic universities in the US and values students of all faiths and backgrounds. Because of their openness, students feel safe on campus and can focus on gaining a world class education. See if studying in Ohio is the right choice for you! Read More >>

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) English Language Institute (ELI): You will be able to explore the vast city of Jacksonville, Florida, including its beautiful beaches, while studying at FSCJ! The English Language Institute offers high-quality instruction to non-native English Language speakers in an intimate classroom setting with one field trip every month around the city! Read More >>

English Language Proficiency Tests

Do you think you’re ready to begin your studies in the US? Most non-native English speakers who are planning on studying in the US are required to prove their ability to write, speak, and understand the English language before being admitted. The Test Prep Center provides the resources you need to study for two of the most widely recognized English language tests for international students: the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Learn more about the IELTS and TOEFL including how to prepare for each, and where to get started on the test-taking journey in our Test Prep Center.

Consider Studying Nursing

No other career offers the feeling of compassion and humanity quite like those who work in the healthcare industry. Every day nurses around the world provide life saving services to millions of people in need. Along with being fulfilling, it doesn’t hurt that nurses often have a competitive salary, flexible work schedule, and are able to pursue various job opportunities. So, why not work in a field where you know that you are making a difference?

Learn more about studying nursing in the US and get started on your way to a successful and fulfilling career.

Meet Jessie!

Say hello to Jessie Jiang! Jessie is our guest advisor for this month and works as the International Student and Scholar Advisor at Trinity University. Originally from China, Jessie has a deep understanding of the struggles and questions new international students have. Because of her love of academics and helping her students, Jessie enjoys listening about their experiences and cheering them on to reach success.

Ask Jessie your question!